Barrett Jones: Why'd you eat my sammich at halftime? AJ: Because you didn't buy me Beats By Dr Dre to tune out Brent Musburger crushing all over my woman - Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
The Titans need some major upgrades here and lucky for them, there's a deep pool of linemen available
I've decided to to group the OL together since the tackle and center class is somewhat lacking compared to the guards. Besides, most guards and centers are cross trained in case of injury and making a more presentable draft portfolio to the scouts anyway. For this exercise, I'm going to list prospects at their last primary position played in 2012. Let's begin with the guards.
Guards - Warmack is by far the top guard in the class but Cooper and Thomas aren't slouches either. Warford had a great senior season and is in play for top 3 guard selected range. Bailey and Uzzi had underrated seasons for their teams. Uzzi held up well against the feared defensive line of the Seminoles. He had a solid campaign overall. Bailey struggled a bit like much of his Arkansas teammates after a crazy offseason but not enough to lower his stock any. Foltz is a sleeper prospect late that played well despite a QB change and recent program turmoils.
Centers - Jones leads a talented yet unheralded group. Frederick moved to center from guard this year and had varying degrees of success. He fits better as a guard in the NFL. Wisconsin is pro ready OL factory and Frederick is no different. Benavides led the way for Teddy Bridgewater to have the success that he did. He fits the mold of a classic Titans pick as he started all 4 years at UL. Holmes really sunk his stock being injured and playing poorly against the top competition. Freeman is another classic Titans pick as well (started 4 years and played well all 4). He's a bit undersized but has a frame to add weight.
Tackles - Joeckel leads an interesting tackle class without the services of Taylor Lewan and Jake Matthews. Fisher and Aboushi are neck and neck for the second spot but need a good Senior Bowl to help things along as they didn't face a lot of elite pass rushers. Fisher gets the nod due to his versatility playing tackle, center, and guard. Fluker gets downgraded because he had a inconsistent junior season after a stellar sophomore year. Long is the fast rising sleeper of the class after being denied his 5th year of eligibility (long story short, he was on a baseball scholarship at FSU, off field issue, quit school, transferred into a football JC and ended up at Oregon). He's had some off field issues in the past that might scare some teams during the process. Howie and Chris call him the best athlete in the family. Wagner and Nixon had some good ups and really bad downs this season.
|1. Chance Warmack||6'3 320||Alabama||Senior|
|2. Johnathan Cooper||6'3 295||UNC||Senior|
|3. Dallas Thomas||6'5 310||Tennessee||Senior|
|4. Larry Warford||6'3 340||Kentucky||Senior|
|5. Alvin Bailey||6'5 319||Arkansas||Junior|
|6. Omoregie Uzzi||6'3 300||Georgia Tech||Senior|
|7. Blaize Foltz||6'4 310||TCU||Senior|
|1. Barrett Jones||6'5 311||Alabama||Senior|
|2. Travis Frederick||6'4 338||Wisconsin||Junior|
|3. Mario Benavides||6'4 300||Louisville||Senior|
|4. Khaled Holmes||6'4 305||USC||Senior|
|5. Dalton Freeman||6'5 285||Clemson||Senior|
|1. Luke Joeckel||6'6 310||Texas A&M||Junior|
|2. Eric Fisher||6'8 305||Central Michigan||Senior|
|3. Oday Aboushi||6'6 310||Virginia||Senior|
|4. DJ Fluker||6'6 335||Alabama||Junior|
|5. Kyle Long||6'7 311||Oregon||Senior|
|6. Ricky Wagner||6'6 320||Wisconsin||Senior|
|7. Xavier Nixon||6'6 314||Florida||Senior|
|8. Lane Johnson||6'7 303||Oklahoma||Senior|